Robin van Persie sustains bizarre hip injury

Michael Regan

Manchester United's talisman fell into a television bunker during Rafael's thunderous goal.

During Manchester United's comfortable 2-0 defeat of Queens Park Rangers, star striker Robin van Persie had to be substituted off in the 41st minute because of a hip injury -- which was suffered bizarrely after he collided with a television camera. In the 23rd minute, the Dutchman beat Clint Hill to the byline for a cross. QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar deflected the cross to the top of the penalty area before Rafael smashed a volley into the far top corner. After van Persie crossed, he fell into a camera bunker positioned just past the byline. He tried to continue on but he was eventually taken off for Danny Welbeck 18 minutes after the incident. Here's what United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had to say after the match about the injury:

"He collided with a camera, which was in a dug-out piece of ground. He hit the base of it and has a very bruised hip. I imagine it will be tender and sore for a few days but hopefully he will be all right, especially for the Madrid game [on Tuesday 5 March]."

- Ferguson | Source: MUTV & Sky Sports

The severity of the bruising is unknown but van Persie did sit on the bench for the remainder of the match at Loftus Road. If it's not too serious, it's very possible the talisman makes a substitute's appearance next Saturday against Norwich City before facing Real Madrid three days after that. It's probably best not to worry too much about the injury for now unless an update comes out revealing the knock is more serious.


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